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CDV 420 — Methods and Analysis in Child Study - Fall 2013

Sociology 321

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Caroline Bordinaro
cbordinaro@csudh.edu
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Library Session Evaluation

Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

Plagiarism

APA Citation Style

Scholarly Internet Research

General Research Tips


Library Session Evaluation


Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

Online indexes must be accessed through the CSUDH library homepage (library.csudh.edu). Select Journal Articles & Electronic Resources; You may either browse by subject area or go to your favorite resource using the Alphabetical List.

NOTE: These are subscription online journal indexes, selected and provided specifically for CSUDH students. To access from home, please see our How to Log in to the Databases from Off-Campus guide for instructions.

ERIC (Education EBSCO) - the Educational Resource Information Center is a national  information system supported by the U.S. Department of Education; provides citations and abstracts from over 1000 educational and education-related journals as well as miscellaneous education-related documents.

Education Full Text (Wilson) - a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the U.S. and elsewhere. English-language books relating to education published in 1995 or later are also indexed.

Project Muse - offers nearly 200 quality journal titles from over 30 scholarly publishers; covers history, cultural studies, education, gender studies, and many other academic areas.

PsycINFO (Ebsco) - contains over one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology; covers journals from 1887 to present; includes international material from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages; also includes information about psychological aspects of related disciplines such as education, linguistics, medicine, psychiatry, nursing, anthropology and more!

These are databases are not specifically education-related, but they are very good for information on sociology, trends and current news:

  • Academic Search Premier*
  • ProQuest Databases*
  • Humanities Full Text*: Scroll down list to find database name.
  • JSTOR: Peer reviewed journal articles on a wide range of Humanities subjects.
  • Social Sciences Full Text*: Scroll down list to find database name.
*To limit search to peer-reviewed journals only, look for check box next to Peer-Reviewed, Scholarly Journals, or Academic Journals on database search screen (may be in Advanced Search)

Plagiarism

What is plagiarism? - Plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (OED)

But I didn't know! - Ignorance of the law is unfortunately no excuse. You can commit plagiarism without meaning to, and it's just as serious a problem if you do.

How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by always citing your sources. Whenever you put a quotation or borrow information heavily from a source, be sure you include a citation in the proper APA style. This will let your professor know you aren't trying to pass the idea off as your own. Taking detailed notes on where you get your information helps a lot with this, since it prevents you from forgetting which is your own work and which is borrowed from others.



APA Citation Style

APA style is the citation and formatting style created and used by the American Psychological Association. Not all citation styles are the same, so be sure to ask your professors which they want you to use. Other styles include MLA , ASA and Turabian.

This comprehensive guide from the librarians at CSULA will help you use the APA citation style. Click here for our tutorial on citing sources.

Click here for a cheat-sheet on APA citation style.



Scholarly Internet Research

Remember, not all web sites are created equally. Some sites can be valid sources of information, but others are filled with opinion represented as fact. While there isn't a 100% effective way to figure out what kind of site you're looking at, here are some guidelines to follow when using the Internet for research:

  • Check Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Does whomever it is know what they're talking about? Do they have qualifications in the field or some other reason to be trust-worthy in it?
  • Check Accuracy - Are the sources cited well? Is the information up-to-date? Are there any broad, sweeping generalisations that are impossible to verify?
  • Check Reasonableness - What is the page's point-of-view? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
  • Check Support - Is it possible to double-check the information in another location?

Useful Scholarly Websites:

INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

The Librarians' Internet Index aims to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites, serving California, the nation, and the world. All links on the Index are selected and approved by librarians before inclusion.

For more information, check out our guide on Evaluating Web Resources.



General Research Tips

Use multiple search terms - Remember, not every database or article uses exactly the same words to describe the same thing. Make sure you try several synonyms for the term you're trying to find. Most databases have a link titled "thesaurus" or "subject terms" which you can use to find out what words to search for.

Search in multiple places - The more places you look for information, the more information you're likely to find. Don't just search in one database and assume it's all you'll be able to find! Take a look at the list of Useful Databases earlier on in this page for ideas about where to start your search.

Ask for help - Don't be afraid to ask for help! Research can be an exhausting process, and sometimes a fresh perspective will make your task much easier. You can stop by the reference desk in the library and ask any of the reference librarians for help with your research. You can also submit an online help request which a librarian will answer within a day or two.

Don't leave it until the last minute - The earlier you start, the better your paper will be. Starting early gives you plenty of time to read and absorb the information so that you'll be properly informed when writing your paper.